Friday, October 31, 2008

“ MY FAVORITE THING TO BUY IS UNDERWEAR" -ANDY WARHOL

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY: FAME

Instant fame can't exist without youth.

WORKING THE ART MARKET

I came across a great rant about the art market the other day. It's by Damien Hirst and it appears in the catalogue of the exhibition In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, held at Tate Britain in 2004. Here's a highlight: " ... Art is about life and the art world is about money although the buyers and sellers, the movers and shakers, the money men will tell you anything to not have you realise their real motive is cash, because if you realise - that they would sell your granny to Nigerian sex slave traders for 50 pence (10 bob) and a packet of woodbines - then you're not going to believe the other shit coming out of their mouths that's trying to get you to buy the garish shit they've got hanging on the wall in their posh shops ... Most of the time they are all selling shit to fools, and it's getting worse."So there you have it - the last word on the art market from the man who deconstructed it and made millions into the bargain.

The Guardian
Oct 28 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

POST WARHOL PREDICTION:IN THE FUTURE DECENCY LAWS REGARDING CLOTHING WILL BE BASED ON THE PERSON'S LOOK AND BODY SIZE ONLY.

PERSONNALY I LOVED PORNO AND I BOUGHT LOTS OF IT ALL THE TIME" -ANDY WARHOL

ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG

NEW YORK - Former President Bill Clinton had a lot to say about Robert Rauschenberg Monday night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.Clinton, who with his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, was a longtime friend of the late artist, was a surprise speaker at the Met, where a memorial was held for Rauschenberg before 1,500 invited guests.Rauschenberg, who was known as the world's foremost contemporary artist, died May 12 at his Captiva Island home."First of all, I am honored to be here tonight to speak for Hillary and for myself and my family," Clinton said. He said he first met Rauschenberg in 1993 when he awarded the artist the National Medal of the Arts."It's somehow ambivalent for an artist to get an award from a politician," Clinton said. "But I actually had some familiarity with his work."After he got to know Rauschenberg, he liked the man as well as his work, he said."It always struck me that the greatness of every artist is his or her spirit," Clinton said. That spirit is expressed through the body, he said. "You are always limited by your body, so he's now been set free to roam at will."

“CHURCH IS A FUN PLACE TO GO“ -ANDY WARHOL

THE DATING GAME

Men lie about their height, women about their age and both lie about their weight.

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY:ATTRACTION

Never ask people why they are sexually attracted to you in the first place. It will never be what you think or hope for...

“MUSCLES ARE GREAT:EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE THAT THEY CAN SHOW OFF" -ANDY WARHOL

POST WARHOL PREDICTION:IN THE FUTURE CELEB MAG WILL PUBLISH COMPARATIVE PICS OF FEMALE STARS IN XXX SCENES ASKING: WHO SUCK IT BEST?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

YOU MAKE ART TO FUCK THE SYSTEM? OH GREAT HOW MUCH IS THAT?

Much conceptual art of the 1970s and 1980s was motivated by a desire to circumvent or subvert the commodity-based art market. Now, paradoxically, it is exactly this intellectual overlay of self-conscious resistance to the purely visual that collectors and curators desire. “For many art world insiders and art aficionados of other kinds, concept-driven art is a kind of existential channel through which they bring meaning to their lives.” The art world can often be “opaque and downright secretive”, Dr Thornton observes, and she detects “status anxiety” at every level. Yet almost everyone she interviews comes across as intelligent, witty, reflective and eloquent in their affirmation of art’s higher values. This may be partly a result of her willingness to return respectfully to her interviewees and allow them an opportunity to refine, embellish or expand on their original thoughts.

The Art Newspaper
Oct 29 2008

“BEAUTY IS A SIGN OF INTELLIGENCE" -ANDY WARHOL

WARHOLIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I like to talk on TV about those things that aren't worth writing about.”

-Truman Capote

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY:LOVE

It's better to love without being loved than the other way around.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

“MUSCLES ARE GREAT:EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE THAT THEY CAN SHOW OFF" -ANDY WARHOL

LOOKING FOR 15 MINUTES OF FAME

What is it? If you think you’re talented, go to www.myfametube.com and claim your share of the spotlight. The website allows you to set up a profile and upload videos of yourself doing what you’re talented at, whether it be singing, playing a musical instrument, juggling or even showing off your skills in football. The point is to let the world know that you exist and, who knows, you could be discovered. Why should you care? Because Charlize Theron was discovered while throwing a tantrum at a bank — desperate to cash a cheque. That was before the age of YouTube and cellphone feeds. Now you don’t have to go far to be discovered, and we have the great world wide web to thank for that.Who’ll dig it? American Idol addicts who are fixated on watching people dance, rap and generally doing anything to get their share of the spotlight.Favourite part? A quote by Andy Warhol on the website telling visitors “everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame”, which sums up the whole idea behind the website beautifully. Self-absorption has never been so acceptable.

-The Time

STRAIGHT GUYS IS THE NEW GAY

“IT'S CALLED GOSSIP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN OBSESSION OF MINE -ANDY WARHOL

Guy Ritchie claims his marriage to Madonna disintegrated when she started planning their sex life in her diary around her sessions in the gym.The 50-year-old singer's life was so regimented, he said, that even their time in the bedroom was meticulously planned for weeks in advance  - something which took all of the thrill out of it for him.The revelation came as Guy sat down with lawyers to talk over the reasons why he felt the eight-year marriage broke down this week.

The Daily Mail
Oct 25 2008

Saturday, October 25, 2008

POST WARHOL PREDICTION:IN THE FUTURE A COSMETIC COMPANY WILL LAUNCH: ANTI «CREDIT CRISIS STRESS-INDUCED» WRINKLES CREAM

“I LIKE EVERYBODY'S ART" -ANDY WARHOL

Artwork by Jim Dine

“IT'S CALLED GOSSIP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN OBSESSION OF MINE -ANDY WARHOL

Hollywood has found its next bad guy. Welcome back, Gordon Gekko. Film and television studios are rushing to tap America's fixation with the financial crisis and anger at the Wall Street executives blamed for it.News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox is making a sequel to Wall Street, where Michael Douglas's Gekko proclaimed, "Greed is good." NBC's Law & Order is building episodes around financial themes. The General Electric Co. unit also is developing a one-hour series called Outrageous Behaviour, a battle of the sexes set in Wall Street."Our development is tied to what is relevant in today's world," Teri Weinberg, NBC Entertainment's executive vice-president overseeing comedy and drama programming, said in an e-mail. "We hope to exemplify the foolishness of the human condition in the world of finance."

-Bloomberg
Oct 25 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

POST WARHOL PREDICTION:WOMEN MAG:HOW TO LOOK GLAMOROUS WHEN WALKING NAKED FOR YOUR MAN IN YOUR NEW (AD SPACE) HIGH HEELS.

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SO MANY PEOPLE

«So many people have such great bodies today that the sort of lumpy, sit-around -the house flab that used to be «normal» now looks really bad. You can't go anyplace in America without seeing boys and girls and men and women who look like they've been professional athletes their entire lives»-Andy Warhol

WARHOLIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Stop worrying. Hollywood won’t turn your daughter into a nymphomaniac or get her hooked on drugs... I will.”

-Bill Maher

FROM «BENNIFER» TO «BRANGELINA» AND...

Such is the power of the mass media today that neologisms are coined on a regular basis both to express in condensed form a complex relationship (such as "Bennifer" – referring to actor Ben Affleck's brief attachment to Jennifer Lopez and the attendant media frenzy or "Brangelina" (Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), for much the same reason), or to popularise, promote and trivialise what can sometimes be a challenge to social mores.The latest media-invented term is the "celesbian" – that is, female celebrities (A-Z), who declare, parade or are discreet about their same-sex relationships for the purposes of self-promotion and publicity, titillating fans, as part of their own personal journey and sexual curiosity or as a genuine sexual identity. It doesn't seem to matter which because, as writer Andrew Horney has said, "celesbians are the new black".

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

MADONNA & KEITH HARING: HISTOIRE D'UNE AMITIÉ MARQUANTE

Quel est le secret de la durée de Madonna au sommet depuis plus de 25 ans? On a remarqué déja dans son cas une meilleure compréhension de l'importance de l'image photographique que nombre de jeunes chanteuses telles Britney, Shakira ou compagnie. Or ces images rappelant le glamour Hollywoodien d'antan que Madonna a su au fil des ans cultiver sont absolument nécessaires à la construction d'un mythe durable. Mais surtout ce que cela nous dit c'est que cet élément pointe directement vers ses débuts et sa proximité d'avec le monde de l'art du New York du début des années 1980 et tous les jeunes artistes gravitant autour d'Andy Warhol. Avec ce tout cela suppose de leçons apprises en regard des notions de rupture, d'avant-garde, de deuxième degré ou de réappropriation.

À cette époque Madonna eut un moment une relation avec le peintre Jean Michel Basquiat. Mais c'est surtout son amité avec un autre peintre Keith Haring qui allait s'avérer déterminante. De cette amité avec Haring elle dira plus tard." Nous étions comme deux oiseaux rares dans un même environnement... J'ai toujours apprécié le travail de Keith parce qu'il y a beaucoup d'ironie dans son travail jumulé à forte conscience du monde comme il y a beaucoup d'ironie dans le mien". Sans aucun doute l'admiration était mutuelle. Lorsqu'elle épousa Sean Penn en 1985 Madonna recu entre autre comme cadeau une oeuvre collaboration de Keith Haring et Andy Warhol. Un cadeau qui il va s'en dire a passablement gagné en valeur depuis...

Haring devait mourir du sida à 31 ans en 1990 après avoir laissé une quantité impressionnante d'oeuvres derrière lui. Quant à Madonna on connaît la suite. Aujoud'hui encore on retrouve plusieurs similitudes. En effet tous deux ont parfaitement maitriser l'art de jouer sur plusieurs tableaux en même temps. Haring issu du tout début de la culture Hip Hop dessinait des graffitis dans le métro New Yorkais, se passionnait pour le break dancing, préférait dessiner pour les enfants que s'ennuyer lors de dîners donnés en son honneur et aspirait à être pris au sérieux par le monde de l'art et des galleries lequel mis un certain temps à le faire. Le critique d'art Robert Hughes le qualifia même à un certain moment de simple «décorateur disco». Madonna elle fut taxée à ses débuts ne ne faire que du «Bubble Gum pop» même si déja elle aspirait à une carrière artistique d'importance et n'a jamais caché son ambition démesurée. Aujourd'hui sa façon de jouer sur plusieurs tableaux fait d'elle tantôt l'adepte de la Kabbale qui se rebaptise Esther, tantôt celle qui s'adonne au revival disco voire celle qui lorgne du côté du «statement» aristocratique Britannique.

Au fil des an Haring et Madonna ont fait abondamment usage des thémes et imageries sexuelles dans leurs oeuvres. Pour un Haring a toujours dit que la seule pulsion qu'il ressentait plus fortement que l'art était celle de la sexualité. L'imagerie sexuelle dans son oeuvre est parfois débordante de joie et d'énergie ou alors fortement marqué de l'ombre du SIDA qui battait alors son plein. De son côté bien qu'elle prenne aujourd'hui ses distances avec un certain passé, la Material Girl des débuts faisait amplement de même. Il y a eu un obscur film xxx intitulé «Un certain Sacrifice". Puis les photos nues prises en 1977 que Playboy et Penthouse publièrent en 1985. Se succèdèrent le livre «Sex» en 1992 puis nombre de vidéos ou provocation, sexualité et religion se mêlaient allègrement, le tout cuminant avec le Jésus noir de «Like a Prayer».

Tous deux également ont partagé un intérêt commun pour les hommes noirs et latinos. Une relation marquante de Keith Haring fut celle qu'il eut avec le DJ Juan Dubose. Pour Madonna on pense bien sur à Carlos Leon ex- entraîneur personnel et compagnon et aujourd'hui père de sa fille Lourdes. Aujourd'hui Keith Haring ( à qui Madonna dédiait un de ses spectacles dans le film True or Dare) demeure une influence importante. Mais il y en a une autre à ne pas négliger. Comme bon nombre des grosses pointures à Hollywood tel Jack Nicholson, Madonna est une grande adepte des oeuvres de Tamara De Lempicka. Or cette peintre fille d'aristocrates russes était résolument d'avant son temps et sa réputation d'aventurière sexuelle de même que ses oeuvres art déco d'une forte sensualité contribuèrent à faire d'elle une figure controversée de l'art de la première moitié du vingtième siécle. Au fil du temps son oeuvre a traversé diverses périodes d'oubli et de redécouverte l'une d' elle étant l'usage que Madonna fit de ses oeuvres à l'intérieur de certains de ses vidéos. (Son spectacle Cio Italia en 1987 s'ouvrait sur «Open Your Heart» et une oeuvre de Lempicka)

Depuis ses débuts Madonna a toujours flirté de près ou de loin avec le monde de l'art. Tout comme elle n'a jamais caché son admiration pour nombre d'artistes. Dans son cas ce qui est intéressant est qu'elle a su en retour se gagner l'admiration de bon nombre d''artistes dit «sérieux» généralement peu enclins aux accolades envers ce qui est issu de la culture pop. Pour un le grand peintre mexicain Alberto Gironella empruntant à la métaphore surréaliste la qualifiait de «beauté convulsive» allant même jusqu'à dire qu'elle était la dernière des surréalistes. En plus bien sur d'en faire le portrait.

«IN THE FUTURE EVERYONE WILL BE FAMOUS FOR 15 MINUTES» -ANDY WARHOL

WARHOLIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY

“ I'd love to be a memorable figure in the history of entertainment in some sexual, comic, tragic way. I'd like to leave the impression that Marilyn Monroe did, to be able to arouse so many different feelings in people.”

-Madonna

LA BALLE ET LE BALLON...

At the center of the exhibition is “The Athlete Series”  — a collection of 10 paintings, commissioned by art collector Robert Weisman, of the greatest sports figures of the late 1970s. At that time, the two most popular leisure time activities were sports and art, which Weisman said, quite frankly, don’t really have a connection.“Most people who are really into sports, are not really big into the art world, and most people in the art world really don’t like sports. … (The series) really opens up a new group of people that have never been in a museum (to the art world) and that was one of the reason why I did it,” he said.
Because Warhol “absolutely did not know the difference between a golf ball and a football,” Weisman said he picked out the athletes for the portraits, which include Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicklaus, Chris Evert, Rod Gilbert, Tom Seaver, O.J. Simpson, Dorothy Hamill, Pelé, Willie Shoemaker and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

POST WARHOL PREDICTION:IN THE FUTURE MALE PORN STARS WILL CALL THEMSELVES «CUM SHOT ARTISTS»

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“ATHLETES ARE GOING TO BE THE NEW MEDIA STARS” -ANDY WARHOL

“IT'S CALLED GOSSIP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN OBSESSION OF MINE” -ANDY WARHOL

The way the gay community exercises, if everyone in America was gay there would not be an obesity epidemic.
Having gay friends I thought nothing of working out at a gay gym. What I didn’t foresee was that by working out there I was also by association gay, and thus was open season for the numerous males who were looking for a date. Every set I did was met with stares. Anytime I walked out of the locker room and passed the cardio equipment I would hear whispers of “he’s so cute.” And every other conversation a guy had with me always led to him indirectly or directly asking me out. Once I disappointed the man with a “No thanks,” or “I’m sorry but I’m straight,” the conversation would get awkward, and then end. It’s funny because my whole life I have craved attention, especially from the opposite sex. Now I was getting attention, just not the kind I wanted.The one thing that amazed me about the guys that approached me was that they were all aggressive and confident. Gays of all shapes and sizes would come up to me. Even once I told them that I like vagina, they would politely move on to the next guy undaunted. If only I was like that with the ladies.

-San Diego Weekly

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

“I LIKE EVERYBODY'S ART" -ANDY WARHOL

Artwork by Lucas Cranach

WARHOLIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Fame is the thirst of youth.”

-Lord Byron

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY:HAPPINESS

I like this new «happiness gene» thing. Marketers will be able to target happiness gene deficient women and sell them more bags & shoes.

STRAIGHT GUYS IS THE NEW GAY

Monday, October 20, 2008

«OUR CELEBRITY BLOG IS UPDATED EVERY 5 MINUTES!»

«But the real news, the big thing, whether it's in the magazines or the newspapers or on TV is the Now: What they 're doing right now, where they live right now, who they love right now. As soon as their now gets summed up we move immediately on to another person...and another now».

-Andy Warhol

SEX TAPE AS RESUME

When Kim Kardashian, famous for being famous, sliced her foot on a piece of glass in a New York hotel room in August, the gossip Web site TMZ.com alerted fans over their cellphones. Traffic to the site jumped 10 percent within minutes.
Kardashian also outranked her friend-turned-rival, Paris Hilton, as the most-searched celebrity in August on Yahoo's mobile service (traffic surged after she danced with the Pussycat Dolls in Las Vegas).Best known for a sex tape made with her boyfriend, Kardashian has achieved something on the smallest screen that has eluded her in her television career: an adoring audience. Can other would-be celebrities be far behind?

The International Herald Tribune
Oct 20 2008

“YES I LOVE TEXAS“ -ANDY WARHOL

LET'S HAVING FUN

«He believed art should be fun»

-Tom Sokolowski
Director of the Andy Warhol Museum

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY:LOVE

Friendship is love without jealousy.

MODELING FOR 15 MINUTES OF FAME

Saturday, October 18, 2008

“IT'S CALLED GOSSIP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN OBSESSION OF MINE -ANDY WARHOL

One day, Camille Paglia will, I think, be embarrassed by this. What I think has happened to some otherwise very brilliant and perceptive people is that they have become so hostile to "liberal pundits" or "Hollywood liberals", that their reactions are really reactions not to Palin herself but to those criticizing her and the selection of her. These people are anti-anti-Palin and if forced to be pro-Palin, they'd have a very hard time explaining it. Actually, Camille is pro-Obama, so she doesn't have to go that far. But just because liberals are annoying and Hollywood liberals make you want to vomit doesn't mean Palin is qualified to be vice-president. Look: Tim Robbins is about the only person who could make me support McCain. But I'm not stupid enough to let my loathing of idiotic Hollywood liberals affect my judgment of this farce of a veep candidate. I don't think Palin is dumb; she is just proudly ignorant, a cynical opportunist and a pathological liar.

-Andrew Sullivan
The Atlantic

“I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD BE BUGGED ALL THE TIME...BUGGED AND PHOTOGRAPHED” -ANDY WARHOL

THE «PAPARAZZI EXPERIENCE»

Celebrity obsession has officially hit new heights. While Hollywood stars bitterly complain about paparazzi ambushes, some San Diegans are actually paying for the experience.The photographers surrounding Flatts last Saturday night work for Private Paparazzi, a San Diego-based company that charges $350 a hour to send fake paparazzi to follow clients, snap photos, draw attention and make them feel like stars.The company is one of several outfits across the nation, including Your Paparazzi for Hire in Boston, Celeb-4-A-Day in Austin and King of Clubs in Las Vegas, trying to capitalize on Americans' fascination with Hollywood life. Some even provide publicists and beefy bodyguards.In this media-saturated age, having your picture taken is a status symbol, said Jonathan Taplin, a pop-culture expert and communications professor at the University of Southern California. Like reality shows and YouTube, faux paparazzi feed the idea that anyone can be famous, even without talent.
“It is indicative of a larger obsession we have with being famous,” Taplin said. “These people spend too much time watching 'Entertainment Tonight.' ”

www.signonsandiego

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY:PORN

In the 21st century the greatest threat to capitalism is not communism. It's free porn.

“MUSCLES ARE GREAT:EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE THAT THEY CAN SHOW OFF" -ANDY WARHOL

POST WARHOL PREDICTION: IN THE FUTURE JOE THE PLUMBER WILL HAVE A REALITY SHOW WITH WOMEN FIGHTING EACH OTHER FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF DATING HIM

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WARHOLIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY

“In Hollywood, brides keep the bouquets and throw away the groom.”

-Groucho Marx

BY CHRISTINA CLAUSEN

THE UNIVERSE OF KEITH HARING

An intimate portrait of the world-renowned artist Keith Haring whose mantra was "Art is for everyone!" The film is an intimate exploration of his background and career of one of the most popular and significant artists of the 20th century. The film features interviews and archival footage of Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Kim Hastreiter, Grace Jones, Madonna, Yoko Ono, David LaChapelle, Kenny Scharf, Carlo McCormick, Andy Warhol, Ann Magnuson, Tony Shafrazi, and Junior Vasquez, among many others. Audio excerpts from original interviews with Keith Haring, were conducted by Haring's biographer John Gruen (Keith Haring: the Authorized Biography). The film's theme song is by the famed DJ and record producer, Junior Vasquez, with an original soundtrack by Angelo Talocci

“THERE'S NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT LOVES “RIGHT NOW" LIKE AMERICA DOES" -ANDY WARHOL

Angelina Jolie thinking of another adoptation.

Next!

Friday, October 17, 2008

“ MY FAVORITE THING TO BUY IS UNDERWEAR" -ANDY WARHOL

THE BRITNEY OBSESSION

PRLog (Press Release) – Oct 14, 2008 – Phyllis Jager's new expose investigates the recent horrifying events in the life of Britney Spears and exposes them for all their calamity. “Why have we reduced Spears from teen starlet to Hollywood harlot?” asks Jager. The ethical and legal issues surrounding Spears' continuing harassment are explored. “From the public cameras that spy on us all,” reads the jacket summary, “to the right of a mother to be with her kids, from the antics of the paparazzi to the secrets of fortune and fame, from the psych ward to the silver screen, this is the story of a woman who had done nothing wrong and the hunger of a lonely Nation that put her on a pedestal, and pushed her off the edge.” The Truth About Britney Spears is now available for sale at barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, and other major online booksellers worldwide.

“I LIKE EVERYBODY'S ART" -ANDY WARHOL

Artwork by George Segal

GEORGE SEGAL AND THE POP ART QUESTION

In the early 1950s Segal (1924-2000) began his career as an abstract painter. He was included in both the aesthetic and social circles of New York's Abstract Expressionist artists of the post-World War II period and was especially influenced by Hans Hofmann's ideas about painting. Yet in his 1959 exhibition at New York's Hansa Gallery, Segal managed to move, almost alone, into a figurative and assertively representational mode, using his paintings almost as a backdrop to crude plaster figures. That high-risk act might have spun him off to the periphery of the art world in which so many of his friends played central roles. By the late 1950s, tensions over abstraction's hegemony had given way to the elusively layered meanings in the work of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, or the playing-with-our-sensibilities Pop Art of Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and others. But Segal found his voice elsewhere, even though he was inaccurately pigeonholed as part of a Pop "movement."

-Wall Street Journal
Oct 16 2008

POST WARHOL PREDICTION:HOTTEST NEXT POLITICAL SURVEY:SHOULD JOE THE PLUMBER RELEASE A SEX TAPE?

“MUSCLES ARE GREAT:EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE THAT THEY CAN SHOW OFF" -ANDY WARHOL

“IT'S CALLED GOSSIP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN OBSESSION OF MINE -ANDY WARHOL

WHAT COULD possibly connect the split of Madonna and Guy Ritchie with the crisis in markets and banking? The answer is a personality trait called narcissism. Despite its association with mirror-loving metrosexuals, it's much more than being obsessed with how you look. Psychologists and psychoanalyists use the word narcissism to describe the egotistical human traits that explain many of civilisation's greatest glories and disasters. Narcissists, says the American Psychiatric Association, tend to be arrogant, driven, preoccupied with fantasies of romance and success, attention seeking and lacking in empathy.
The interesting thing is that studies have also shown that narcissism seems to lie behind many people's success in business, celebrity and the performing arts. The American business guru Michael Maccoby has identified some of the world's most creative forces - Pablo Picasso, Henry Ford, Richard Wagner, Coco Chanel, Winston Churchill - as “productive” narcissists.

The Times
Oct 18 2008

“MORE THAN ANYTHING PEOPLE JUST WANT STARS” -ANDY WARHOL

POST WARHOL PREDICTION: IN THE FUTURE SPACE TOURISM COMPANIES WILL GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE YOUR OWN «OUT OF THIS WORLD» SEX TAPE

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FROM «SEX SELLS» TO «STUPIDITY SELLS»

We know times are tough, guys, but a student at the University of Missouri - Columbia says he's so desperate for cash he's willing to let a complete stranger kick him in the nads. What? "This auction is your opportunity to kick me in my nuts as hard as you can so that I can pay for my college," he posted on eBay. "I will come and meet you anywhere in the United States, and you can kick me in the nuts as hard as you want with your leg and video tape it.  If you would like any additional information send me a message through e-bay.  Happy Bidding!...and remember this is for a good cause."

Source: Bananaguide

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY: CELEBRITIES

Celebrities are now both punching bags and sandwich men at once.

“I ALWAYS THOUGHT COWBOYS LOOKED LIKE HUSTLERS. THAT'S NICE” -ANDY WARHOL

POST WARHOL PREDICTION: IN THE FUTURE SIDEWALKS WILL HAVE BUILD-IN VIDEO SCREENS ALLOWING YOU TO WALK ON THE ADVERTISEMENT YOU WISH TO WATCH

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

GOSSIP GIRLS & BOYS

Gossip Web sites are no longer just for Perez Hilton dishing about Paris Hilton. In the last year, several sites have cropped up as forums for regular folks to dish.There is GossipReport.com, where more than 60,000 members have posted about everything from bad hairdressers to bad boyfriends.There is RottenNeighbor.com, where one can anonymously vent frustrations over the people in the house on the corner who don't pick up after their dogs.Growing fast is JuicyCampus. com, where college students can read (and write) about such topics as the sleaziest girls at George Washington University, the hottest guy at the University of Maryland or which professor to sleep with. Juicy Campus began in October 2007 and now has sections on 500 colleges.

-Washington Times
Oct 15 2008

“BEAUTY IS A SIGN OF INTELLIGENCE" -ANDY WARHOL

WARHOLIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I think people of lesser talent will become stars.”

-Howard Stern

“IT'S CALLED GOSSIP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN OBSESSION OF MINE” -ANDY WARHOL

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Buzznet Inc., the media company focused on building the web's largest pop culture community, today announced a partnership with The Superficial (http://www.thesuperficial.com), one of most celebrated entertainment sites on the web. Since launching in 2004, TheSuperficial has built a large and loyal following of millions of young men and women who visit the site multiple times a day for its clever, frank and satirical take on the world of entertainment.The Superficial joins Celebuzz.com, Buzznet Inc.'s recently launched entertainment community and the first social media website dedicated to all things celebrity. Celebuzz provides passionate fans the most robust, diverse and all-encompassing celebrity and entertainment experience online, including the best news and editorial, opinion, rich media, celebrity access and user programming. The Superficial joins other leading opinion sites in the Celebuzz community, including Just Jared, What Would Tyler Durden Do, Go FugYourself, and Socialite Life, providing Celebuzz with 7 of the top 10 celebrity and entertainment voices on the web.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

STRAIGHT GUYS IS THE NEW GAY

HE WOULD NOT HAVE VOTED, SAID OBAMA IS GOOD LOOKING AND PAINTED HIM AND LOVED HANGING OUT WITH CINDY McCAIN IN HER PRIVATE JET

It is difficult to say whether Warhol was the cajoler or the cajolee in his dealings with a continuum of queens, from the unofficial Queen of Camelot, Jackie Kennedy, to the official Queen of England, Elizabeth the Second, and on to the “Just Say No” queen, Nancy Reagan (all featured in this exhibition). Nonetheless, Warhol’s power and cultural clout as an image maker grew throughout his life. Tongue in cheek, his famous quip about everyone being famous for 15 minutes may have caused politicos and celebrities alike to aspire to enduring legacies of grandeur, just to spite his prognostication.

In “Pop Politics,” we see a continuum of powerful cultural and political players during a slice of late 20th century American history. In his book “America,” Warhol remarked, “I’ve always thought politicians and actors really summed up the American way. They can look at various pieces of themselves, and they can pick out one piece and say, ‘Now I’m only going to be this one thing.’ And the piece may be smaller and less interesting than the whole personality, but it’s the piece everyone wants to see.” It’s a fascinating projection, because since his death in 1987, Warhol has emerged as just such an enigma, a cipher still in the midst of being deciphered.

The Wire
Oct 16 2008

“I LIKE EVERYBODY'S ART" -ANDY WARHOL

Artwork by Bruce Nauman

WARHOLIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them.”

-Pascal

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY: HOLLYWOOD FAME

Looking for 15 minutes of shame is now the new Hollywood 15 minutes of fame.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

“MUSCLES ARE GREAT:EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE THAT THEY CAN SHOW OFF" -ANDY WARHOL

“THERE'S NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT LOVES “RIGHT NOW" LIKE AMERICA DOES" -ANDY WARHOL

Christina Aguilera says she want more kids.

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“IT'S CALLED GOSSIP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN OBSESSION OF MINE -ANDY WARHOL

MADONNA and husband Guy Ritchie are about to announce their divorce, it has been reported. A statement confirming the split has been prepared and will soon be released, The Sun reports. “It’s very sad. They were a great couple and brilliant parents. They just couldn’t live together any more,” a friend of the couple told The Sun.The pair reportedly had a series of shouting matches over the amount of time devoted to their careers, and over Madonna's desire to adopt another child.Friends said Madonna, 50, initially wanted to wait until next year to announce their separation after her Sticky and Sweet global tour was finished. But she and director Rtichie, 40, decided they wanted the divorce finalised before Christmas.

“EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL" -ANDY WARHOL

PERSONNALY I LOVED PORNO AND I BOUGHT LOTS OF IT ALL THE TIME" -ANDY WARHOL

All it takes is one look at MySpace photos of teens to see examples—if they aren't imitating porn they've actually seen, they're imitating the porn-inspired images and poses they've absorbed elsewhere. Latex, corsets and stripper heels, once the fashion of porn stars, have made their way into middle and high school. An ad for Axe shower gel, marketed to teen boys, uses the slogan "How Dirty Boys Get Clean," while Burton, the snowboard company, partnered with Playboy earlier this year on a new line of "Love" boards—complete with voluptuous cheeks smack dab in the middle of each. The boards' online description reads: "I enjoy laps through the park; long, hard grinds on my meaty Park Edges followed by a good, hot waxing." One of the most popular kids' videogames, Guitar Hero, features animated rock stars that stand on a stage with a neon stripper gyrating on a pole behind them. Strippers have become cool—unremarkable even.Celebrities, too, have become amateur porn stars. They show up in sex tapes (Colin Farrell, Kim Kardashian), hire porn producers to shoot their videos (Britney Spears) or produce porn outright (Snoop Dogg). Actual porn stars and call girls, meanwhile, have become celebs. Ron Jeremy regularly takes cameos in movies and on TV, while adult star Jenna Jameson is a best-selling author.

-Newsweek
Oct 7 2008

“ATHLETES ARE GOING TO BE THE NEW MEDIA STARS” -ANDY WARHOL

POST WARHOL PREDICTION: IN THE FUTURE PRO WRESTLING WILL HAVE MIXED MATCHES OF PORN STARS VS PREACHERS

Copyright by IVAN

THAT'S GREAT ENTERTAINMENT

«Looking at store windows is great entertainment because you can see all these things and be really glad it's not home filling up your closets and drawers»

-Andy Warhol

“CHURCH IS A FUN PLACE TO GO“ -ANDY WARHOL

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY: SEX

A straight guy who have many partners is a stud. A straight woman who got many partners is a slut. A gay man who got many partners is a hot stud if under 30 and a desperate slut if over.

WARHOLIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.”

-Woody Allen

Monday, October 13, 2008

MODELING FOR 15 MINUTES OF FAME

“THERE'S NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT LOVES “RIGHT NOW" LIKE AMERICA DOES" -ANDY WARHOL

Justin Timberlake speak at Obama rally.

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GET INTO THE GROOVE

Haring adored being the centre of attention and partied as hard as he painted. To New York's groovy underground culture, he was the pip in the Big Apple. Socially, his biggest asset was Warhol, whom he had met at an exhibition in 1983. The two enjoyed a symbiotic relationship, Haring feeding Warhol the latest youth culture, Warhol easing Haring into star-studded circles. Haring hobnobbed, too, with the great disco divas and drag queens of the day: Gwen Guthrie, Jocelyn Brown and Lady Bunny. His spectacularly theatrical parties became legendary. At one of his birthday bashes, Boy George sang Happy Birthday. At another, Madonna trilled Like A Virgin on a bed strewn with white roses.

www.haring.com

“MORE THAN ANYTHING PEOPLE JUST WANT STARS” -ANDY WARHOL

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY: OVERRATED

In the 21st century the most overrated thing is the cultural literacy of gay men.

“IT'S CALLED GOSSIP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN OBSESSION OF MINE” -ANDY WARHOL

Even sex writers can't keep it up for that much longer: during a slew of across-the-board firings in every vector of the publication industry, the focus has narrowed on a handful of advice columnists and sex industry experts that are being cut from their positions. No, Dan Savage isn't going anywhere, but Tristan Taormino, also printed in The Village Voice, will no longer be giving his directorial sexperiences a forum through his column, "Pucker Up".So are sex writers getting drilled? Not really more so than anyone else: the industry is niche enough to begin with in mainstream media that you can hardly call a couple lay-offs a trend of its own, and not just a symptom of the larger economic meltdown.However, there is an interesting take away for any kind of writer: by using the Internet to blog about their areas of expertise, erotica and otherwise, a lot of columnists are giving their potential audience a chance to get the milk for free without buying the cow.

-Jossip

“EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL" -ANDY WARHOL

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY:GAY MEN & WOMEN

Gay men love young leggy female models because they wish they had that same kind of power over any guy they want.

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

«Walked down Fifth Avenue. Passed out Interviews. Tried to give them to a bunch of construction workers and they laughed me off and I got embarassed, but then another group of construction workers in the next block asked for some, so that balanced it out».

-Andy Warhol Diaries
Oct 22 1982

“MY FAVORITE THING TO BUY IS UNDERWEAR” -ANDY WARHOL

POST WARHOL PREDICTION: IN THE FUTURE THE SPACE TOURISM INDUSTRY WILL SELL «EXPERIENCE IN WEIGHTLESSNESS» TO OVERWEIGHT CLIENTS.

Copyright by IVAN

WARHOLIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.”

-Oscar Wilde

Sunday, October 12, 2008

“ATHLETES ARE GOING TO BE THE NEW MEDIA STARS” -ANDY WARHOL

GOING NAKED AS CAREER MOVE

Some Olympians sign on to sell a sexualized image of themselves. Australian swimming gold-medalist, Stephanie Rice, appears in a steamy photo shoot in the August issue of the Aussie edition of lad mag, FHM, and has appeared in playfully provocative ads for underwear brand Davenport with her ex-boyfriend, fellow swimmer Eamon Sullivan. Amanda Beard bared all (almost) for Playboy last July, appearing on the cover and in a multi-page photo spread, topless and wearing a metal-mesh g-string. In an interview with the Associated Press, Beard acknowledged the flak she would receive, but defended her decision. "It's just a business decision, a career decision," she says. "I'm healthy. I work out like crazy. I'm not one of those people that's partying wee into the hours. This, I think, is a better role model than most."

-Newsweek
Oct 10 2008

POST WARHOL PREDICTION:THE FUTURE OF WOMAN MAG MARRIAGE TIPS:MINIMIZE YOUR EXPRESSION LINES WHEN TAKING HIS COCK DEEPER AND KEEP YOUR MAN!

Copyright by IVAN

“I LIKE EVERYBODY'S ART" -ANDY WARHOL

Artwork by James Bidgood

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY:LOVE

Who doesn't understand the pleasure of being loved for one's body only doesn't understand anything to pleasure in life.

“IT'S CALLED GOSSIP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN OBSESSION OF MINE -ANDY WARHOL

Howard Stern, the self-proclaimed King of All Media, has lost his crown.The shock jock's syndicated morning radio show once drew a national audience of 12 million, but since jumping to satellite radio three years ago, his listeners have dwindled to a fraction of that. Where once Stern routinely commanded a parade of Hollywood's hottest stars -- George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Julia Roberts -- today publicists are left to tout studio appearances by the likes of Chevy Chase, Joan Rivers or Hulk Hogan.Stern, weary of fighting the Federal Communications Commission over hefty fines and charges of indecency on his terrestrial show, wanted creative independence on the unregulated airwaves of satellite. He got it -- and a lucrative five-year contract worth hundreds of million of dollars.

LA Times
Oct 13 2008

STRAIGHT GUYS IS THE NEW GAY

WARHOLIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth, would be to have been young and never dreamed at all. ”

-Jean Genet

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY: FROM PUBLISH OR PERISH TO PUBLISH AND PERISH

The results of 30 years of College publish or perish garbage à la Lacan in the humanities? Books & litterature in decline everywhere, the triumph of videos and images and a relentless obsession with celebrity culture. We're not complaining...

“BEAUTY IS A SIGN OF INTELLIGENCE" -ANDY WARHOL

“THERE'S NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT LOVES “RIGHT NOW" LIKE AMERICA DOES" -ANDY WARHOL

Brad Pitt at work in Germany.

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THE BEST REALITY SHOW

"The race for the White House is the best reality show on TV," writes blogger Max Robins, a vice president at the Paley Center for Media, a television think tank in New York. "Despite the flowering of a zillion voices — good, bad and ugly — we are getting informed and entertained this election season."It's an unprecedented presidential campaign for a lot of reasons, and surely one of them is that our political culture is merging with our celebrity culture on the road to the White House. The old demarcations between politics and entertainment have blurred; what seems to matter more and more in this fame-obsessed zeitgeist is celebrity.

ABC News
Oct 11 2008

LANDSCAPE

“I′m having boys come and model for the new paintings I′m doing. But I shouldn′t call them nude. It should be something more artistic. Like Lanscapes..Landscapes″.

-Andy Warhol

POST WARHOL PREDICTION: IN THE FUTURE WALL STREET BROKERS WILL MAKE MONEY BY SELLING «AFTERLIFE GOD FORGIVENESS STOCKS»

Copyright by IVAN

“I LIKE BORING THINGS” -ANDY WARHOL

It might have been a mistake to visit the new Andy Warhol exhibition with jet lag, but I doubt it; even after eight hours' sleep, this show would be a soporific mess. Has ever an artist turned out so much boring and banal work, and in such incredibly vast quantities, as Warhol? The answer, emphatically, is no - and the more you see, even of the better stuff, the less interesting he becomes.

The Guardian
oct 12 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

“MUSCLES ARE GREAT:EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE THAT THEY CAN SHOW OFF" -ANDY WARHOL

WARHOLIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist”

-Georges Carlin

“THERE'S NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT LOVES “RIGHT NOW" LIKE AMERICA DOES" -ANDY WARHOL

Britney debuts «Womanizer» video.

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“THE WORLD FASCINATES ME” -ANDY WARHOL

POST WARHOL PREDICTION:THE FUTURE OF ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION PILL:THIS BITCH BANGING SCENE BROUGHT TO YOU BY (AD SPACE)

Copyright by IVAN

THE WIZARD OF OZ

-You immediately know you have left Kansas for Oz upon entering the neon-coloured, achingly nostalgic Andy Warhol exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Visitors to the first room in the exhibition, Warhol Live, are greeted by a recording of Judy Garland singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow, the theme song from the Hollywood musical, The Wizard of Oz. Covering the walls are images of Garland and her most famous daughter, Liza Minnelli, another pill-popping diva turned disaster.Somewhere Over the Rainbow was also, in many ways, the theme song of Warhol, the young man who left Kansas (Pittsburgh, actually) and went to Oz (New York) in 1949 to lead a fairy-tale existence that eventually saw him reign over the international art world in the second half of the 20th century, just as Pablo Picasso dominated the first half.

-Ottawa Citizen
Oct 11 2008

THE UNITED STATES HAS AN HABIT OF MAKING HEROES OUT OF ANYTHING AND ANYBODY WHICH IS SO GREAT» -ANDY WARHOL

“ONE THING I MISS IS THE TIME AMERICA HAD BIG DREAMS ABOUT THE FUTURE" -ANDY WARHOL

In a statement on the huge state-sponsored salvage of private bankruptcy that was first proposed last September, a group of Republican lawmakers, employing one of the very rudest words in their party’s thesaurus, described the proposed rescue of the busted finance and discredited credit sectors as “socialistic.” There was a sort of half-truth to what they said. But they would have been very much nearer the mark—and rather more ironic and revealing at their own expense—if they had completed the sentence and described the actual situation as what it is: “socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the rest.”I have heard arguments about whether it was Milton Friedman or Gore Vidal who first came up with this apt summary of a collusion between the overweening state and certain favored monopolistic concerns, whereby the profits can be privatized and the debts conveniently socialized, but another term for the same system would be “banana republic.”

-Christopher Hitchens
Oct 9 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

SHOWING OFF FOR 15 MINUTES OF FAME

“IT'S CALLED GOSSIP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN OBSESSION OF MINE” -ANDY WARHOL

When iconic artist Andy's 15 minutes of fame came to an abrupt halt 21 years ago, he left his estate — including his vast body of art and personal possessions — to create the Andy Warhol Foundation For The Visual Arts. Now the foundation is solely responsible for what Warhol-related goods you can and can't buy. And licensing both his image and his work have proved lucrative.

"We're committed to making Warhol's work accessible to audiences and critics around the world," explains Michael Hermann, the foundation's director of licensing. "Our licensing programme works with licensees who understand Warhol's cultural currency. Our criteria states they must be able to create products that reflect his maverick approach to art-making, and his sophisticated sense of design."

The Guardian
Oct 11 2008

POST WARHOL PREDICTION:IN THE FUTURE COSMETIC COMPANIES WILL SPONSOR HOLLYWOOD ACTRESSES SEX TAPES

Copyright by IVAN

“MASS ART IS HIGH ART" -ANDY WARHOL

Artwork by Keith Haring

WARHOLIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I definitely was always expected and encouraged to be a songwriter from a very young age, ... But really it's because, as a child, I thought I was Judy Garland. And when I started out, I was a little nuts. I thought I was a classic, legendary superstar when only 10 people knew who I was. I feel in some ways that my confidence is misinterpreted as arrogance, which is understandable. But I've also always thought that false modesty is evil.”

-Rufus Wainwright

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

FROM WALT WHITMAN TO PEREZ HILTON

“I think we’re kind of jesters. I think we’re considered funny. You know, the Will & Grace phenomenon. We sort of clown, we have smart quips; we impersonate women in funny ways. We have shallow values, which are funny, like all we care about are brand names. I mean, certainly you can see why someone like Jasper Johns doesn’t want to be considered gay. It’s kind of tacky now.”

-Edmund White

“MUSCLES ARE GREAT:EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE THAT THEY CAN SHOW OFF" -ANDY WARHOL

“THERE'S NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT LOVES “RIGHT NOW" LIKE AMERICA DOES" -ANDY WARHOL

Beyoncé talk about secret wedding.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

“IT'S CALLED GOSSIP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN OBSESSION OF MINE -ANDY WARHOL

'It's true. I'm off drugs. I'm clean. I have been for ages... . I had nowhere to go with that. My soul felt exhausted. I reached a point where I said, "OK, I don't want to do this anymore, so I joined N.A. (Narcotics Anonymous) and my head's a lot clearer now. I'm 47 and I admit I needed to grow up a bit and take responsibility. My life's not all been about bad things, but I'm trying to learn not to be so selfish. I'm pretty good, but I'm trying to be better.'

-Boy George

“THEY ALWAYS HAD GREAT GIRL MODELS BUT NOW THE BOY MODELS ARE JUST AS GOOD“ -ANDY WARHOL

NICO BACK THEN

To her admirers, Nico remains fascinating but unknowable, a towering beauty who was fabulously aloof. She is also a tragic symbol of the dark side of Sixties hedonism, a member of the rock aristocracy who fell spectacularly from grace.
If her personality is tricky to pin down, so, too, is the source of her talent. She is best remembered for her singing with the Velvet Underground, but her voice is, at best, an acquired taste, a lugubrious drone that makes Marlene Dietrich sound like Minnie Mouse. When it came to her acting career, Nico was largely confined to playing herself, whether as the enigmatic heroine of Jacques Poitrenaud's Strip-Tease or in Andy Warhol's 1967 snooze-fest Chelsea Girls.Her reputation took several batterings over the years, too. She was given to violent outbursts, fabricated her background and was accused of anti-Semitism. On leaving Lou Reed, she remarked to her friend and mentor Andy Warhol: "I cannot sleep with Jews any more." The Seventies and early Eighties were spent in a dysfunctional haze – gloomy, ravaged and strung out on smack. She never stopped performing, though in her later years she saw each gig as a means to get her next fix.

-The Independant
Oct 8 2008

“CHURCH IS A FUN PLACE TO GO“ -ANDY WARHOL

POST WARHOL PREDICTION:IN THE FUTURE AN AGEING CINDY MCCAIN WILL BE TO GAY MEN WHAT TAMMY FAYE WAS.

WARHOLIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of human life. ”

-Camille Paglia

“YES I LOVE TEXAS“ -ANDY WARHOL

POLITICAL AGNOSTICISM

The art world, after all, is traditionally liberal. Warhol, the New York art world's favorite son - its "recording angel" - may have started out backing Democrats, but he ended his life hobnobbing with the shah and empress of Iran and toadying up to the Reagans.Liberals who cleave to the idea that Warhol was an important artist don't like to be reminded of his political agnosticism. "I know I should be for the Republicans, because I hate paying taxes," he once said, but "artists just can't be Republican, can they?" They cling instead to Warhol's images of the Kennedys, whom he depicted repeatedly, and Mao.
It's too bad, because Warhol was an important artist, and he was important in ways that tend to be devastating for people with political convictions of any kind.

-Boston Globe
Oct 6 2008

PERSONNALY I LOVED PORNO AND I BOUGHT LOTS OF IT ALL THE TIME" -ANDY WARHOL

“ONE THING I MISS IS THE TIME AMERICA HAD BIG DREAMS ABOUT THE FUTURE" -ANDY WARHOL

DURING the first 70 years of the 20th century, inequality declined and Americans prospered together. Over the last 30 years, by contrast, the United States developed the most unequal distribution of income and wages of any high-income country.
Some analysts see the gulf between the rich and the rest as an incentive for strivers, or as just the way things are. Others see it as having a corrosive effect on people’s faith in the markets and democracy. Still others contend that economic polarization is a root cause of America’s political polarization. Could, and should, something be done?

Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz, two Harvard economists, think yes. Their book, “The Race Between Education and Technology” (Harvard, $39.95), contains many tables, a few equations and a powerfully told story about how and why the United States became the world’s richest nation — namely, thanks to its schools.

-New York Times
Oct 4 2008

Monday, October 06, 2008

“MUSCLES ARE GREAT:EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE THAT THEY CAN SHOW OFF" -ANDY WARHOL

“THERE'S NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT LOVES “RIGHT NOW" LIKE AMERICA DOES" -ANDY WARHOL

Eddie van Halen is engaged.

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“IT'S CALLED GOSSIP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN OBSESSION OF MINE” -ANDY WARHOL

Film maker GUS VAN SANT is hoping to resurrect a movie about legendary artist ANDY WARHOL - fifteen years after RIVER PHOENIX's death forced him to scrap it.Van Sant wanted Phoenix to play the pop art pioneer at a young age, and began to explore movie options.However, the tragic young actor's death from a drug overdose in 1993 derailed his plans.
But Van Sant is open to reviving them.He tells Interview magazine, "I was all set to do the Warhol movie at one time - I even had a financing party."River (Phoenix) kind of looked like Andy in his younger days. But that project never really went forward. Maybe I'll go back to it one day."

Contactmusic
Oct 6 2008

“I LIKE EVERYBODY'S ART" -ANDY WARHOL

Sculpture by Robert Indiana

WARHOLIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.”

-Voltaire

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY: RELIGION

In the future religions promising reincarnation will be far more popular than the ones promising an immaterial paradise. Simply because they will be able to tell future adherents: “If you lead a good life you can come back on earth once again with more (ad space) bags & shoes, a new (ad space) car and a body like (ad space)....”

Sunday, October 05, 2008

THE WARHOL ATTITUDE: SO BAD IT'S GOOD

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY: FINDING LOVE

I like the story of this guy who said:«I put an ad looking for a caring, sensitive guy and got no answer. And then he said:“ I put another ad looking for a dumb jerk asshole to be humiliated and have a big dick slapped in his face and got 25 answers.”

“THERE'S NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT LOVES “RIGHT NOW" LIKE AMERICA DOES" -ANDY WARHOL

Clint Eastwood says «Angelina has most gorgeous face on the planet».

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SHOWING OFF FOR 15 MINUTES OF FAME

“IT'S CALLED GOSSIP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN OBSESSION OF MINE” -ANDY WARHOL

A couple of months ago, Beckham released a personal statement on his website which seemed to sum up his childish brand of unquestioning enthusiasm he retains for his adopted country. "It seems like only a few weeks ago I arrived in Los Angeles with my family ready for the next chapter in our lives," it read. "A year later and we feel so settled here, everyone loves California and everyone has made us feel so welcome. I can't imagine being anywhere else in the world right now."This may, of course, be a personal PR stunt. But you get the feeling that, behind the flat superlatives, David Beckham really is happier in Hollywood, a town where the general attitude to celebrity is several degrees more positive that back home. Life out here is good for the ego, too. In the UK Beckham is ridiculed by the chattering classes and dismissed as a vulgarian. On television, he suffers the indignity of being portrayed as a halfwit by people like Alistair McGowan. But in the US, there is no class system. When Beckham opens his mouth (and Brits hear purest Essex) Americans think they're talking to a cultured Englishman.

The Independant
Oct 4 2008

POST WARHOL PREDICTION:WOMAN MAG:DREAMING OF ACTING? HOW TO IMITATE ANGELINA-LIKE POUTING LIPS WHEN FAKING IT ON THE CASTING COUCH!

“I LIKE EVERYBODY'S ART" -ANDY WARHOL

Sculpture by Jean Tinguely

WARHOLIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY

“My best birth control now is just to leave the lights on. ”

-Joan Rivers

MY FAVORITE GERTRUDE STEIN INSPIRED STATEMENT

“A key lime pie is a key lime pie and I'm sixty».

-Brigid Berlin
Former Warhol Superstar.

“MUSCLES ARE GREAT:EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE THAT THEY CAN SHOW OFF" -ANDY WARHOL

“ONE THING I MISS IS THE TIME AMERICA HAD BIG DREAMS ABOUT THE FUTURE" -ANDY WARHOL

Promoting democracy—through diplomacy, aid to civil society groups, free media and the like—has never been controversial. The problem now is that by using democracy to justify the Iraq War, the Bush administration suggested to many that "democracy" was a code word for military intervention and regime change. (The chaos that ensued in Iraq didn't exactly help democracy's image either.) The Middle East in particular is a minefield for any U.S. administration, since America supports nondemocratic allies like the Saudis, and refuses to work with groups like Hamas and Hizbullah that came to power through elections. We don't have much credibility when we champion a "freedom agenda."The American model has also been seriously tarnished by the Bush administration's use of torture. After 9/11 Americans proved distressingly ready to give up constitutional protections for the sake of security. Guantánamo Bay and the hooded prisoner at Abu Ghraib have since replaced the Statue of Liberty as symbols of America in the eyes of many non-Americans.

-Francis Fukayama

“BEAUTY IS A SIGN OF INTELLIGENCE" -ANDY WARHOL

THE HUSTLER PALIN INSPIRED PORN

PALIN: Who is it?
GRUFF MALE VOICE: It's JOE, the tanning-bed repairman.
(PALIN unlocks the door and opens it)
PALIN: Hiya! You were supposed to be here two hours ago, doncha know?
JOE: I'm sorry. My snowmobile broke down outside of Matunska. I had to walk the rest of the way.
PALIN: Well, you're in luck. I just baked a batch of chocolate-chip cookies. Why don't you come inside and I'll fix you a plate of 'em?
(JOE obliges. He takes a seat on the couch. PALIN enters the kitchen and returns shortly after with the cookies. She gives them to JOE, but not before looking him up and down.)
PALIN: My oh my. That's quite a toolbelt you have on. It looks heavy.
JOE: I have a big hammer.
PALIN: Oh, I betcha do. I love a big hammer. But I love screwdrivers, too! And wrenches. The fact is I love and respect all of America's diverse tools, big and small. They're what helps make us so great as a nation. Here, let me take that off for ya.
(PALIN takes a seat on the coach beside JOE and starts to undo his belt. He stops her.)
JOE: Let's go take a look at the tanning bed first.
PALIN: Oooh, okay.
(PALIN leads JOE to the tanning salon in the basement. JOE carefully inspects the machine.)
JOE: Looks like there are just a bunch of screws loose.
PALIN: (seductively) You're in luck. I fully support off-shore and on-shore drilling.
(PALIN pounces on JOE and throws him onto the top of the tanning bed. She quickly rips off his jeans.)
PALIN: God almighty! You are hung like a moose. Now I have to eat ya!
JOE: I'm bigger than a moose. Do you have any contraceptives?
PALIN: It's okay. I already took a morning-after pill.
JOE: Um, are you sure it works that way?
PALIN: Are you asking me if I know what a morning-after pill is? Because I totally do! I'll get back to ya with specifics.
(The two proceed to make furious love in a multitude of positions. PALIN amply demonstrates that she has enough experience.)
PALIN: Fuck me harder! HARDER! Pound me until my head is so empty that I can't even remember the name of the one Supreme Court case I actually know! I want it to burn. Burn like a banned book. Oh God, Oh God, OH MY GOD! MAKE ME SEE RUSSIA FROM HERE!

-Radar magazine

Saturday, October 04, 2008

“ MY FAVORITE THING TO BUY IS UNDERWEAR" -ANDY WARHOL

«WOMEN IN REVOLT» FOR THE 21st CENTURY

“It’s all about insecurity,” reckons the PR guru Max Clifford. “You get a pretty girl, and the women will say, ‘Look at the size of her bum.’ It’s getting worse, because it’s increasingly difficult to be a woman these days — there are so many more opportunities for self-improvement, and the more pressure women feel, the nastier it gets.”The media has to take some of the blame, with gossip magazines encouraging us to focus on women’s looks, bodies and clothes, rather than on the attributes we should be celebrating, such as kindness and wit. “Feminism provided the culture to admire women for their qualities, not their visual appearance,” says the psychologist Jacqui Marson. “Now the whole celebrity-magazine culture has given us permission to direct our gaze at women’s minute physical flaws and choices, and to pick them apart. There has been a big shift, and the feeling of sisterhood we used to have doesn’t exist any more.”

Times
Oct 5 2008

“EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL" -ANDY WARHOL

FEELING RIGHT AT HOME

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Watch Andy Warhol's films and videos and it's easy to imagine the late pop artist feeling right at home in the current age of reality TV and web video.This was a man who made an hour-long film of people's random activities at his New York art studio, shot "screen tests" of subjects instructed to simply gaze into his camera for a few minutes, without moving or even blinking, and videotaped his own mother sleeping."He somehow did foretell our complete obsession with putting ourselves in the limelight, reflecting ourselves back to the world in a kind of instantaneous way, all the things that the Internet, YouTube and 'American Idol' have made possible," said Sherri Geldin, director of the Wexner Center for the Arts.

-The Canadian Press
October 2 2008

PERSONNALY I LOVED PORNO AND I BOUGHT LOTS OF IT ALL THE TIME" -ANDY WARHOL

TMZ has new details about Hustler's Sarah Palin-inspired porn: Hustler Video is shooting a porn with a look-alike, titled "Nailin' Paylin." The spelling is sic and so is Hustler.The faux Sarah is Lisa Ann, who "will be nailing the Russians who come knocking on her back-door." In another scene -- a flashback -- "young Paylin's creationist college professor will explain a 'big bang' theory even she can't deny!"There's also a threeway with Hillary and Condoleezza look-alikes. The video is in pre-production, but is being fast tracked for release before the election.

“I LIKE EVERYBODY'S ART" -ANDY WARHOL

Artwork by Claes Oldenburg

“ONE THING I MISS IS THE TIME AMERICA HAD BIG DREAMS ABOUT THE FUTURE" -ANDY WARHOL

As with all old media, the movie business is in decline. This is partly because of the fast-growing popularity of competing new-media “platforms” like online entertainment and video games, and partly because the disintegration of America’s common culture has led to the shrinking of the market for the big-budget, mass-audience films that have always been Hollywood’s stock in trade. The decline may not be as steep as in the music business, but it is worrisome enough—and it is exacerbated by something less tangible than receipts. This is the growing feeling that American filmmakers have lost their collective touch: that they are no longer capable of making movies that large numbers of adults want to see.

-Commentary
Oct 2008

“IN THE FUTURE EVERYONE WILL BE FAMOUS FOR 15 MINUTES" -ANDY WARHOL

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY: FEMINISM

Feminism encourage women to go into non traditional jobs as a power statement. Since when a female druck driver has more power than Angelian Jolie or Gisele Budchen?...

POST WARHOL PREDICTION: IN THE FUTURE FASHION WILL BE ABOUT REPLACING BODY PARTS OF IMMORTAL PEOPLE EVERY 6 MONTHS WITH NEW SHAPES & SKIN TONES

STRAIGHT GUYS IS THE NEW GAY

“THERE'S NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT LOVES “RIGHT NOW" LIKE AMERICA DOES" -ANDY WARHOL

Elisabeth Hasselbeck not leaving The View.

Next!

“IT'S CALLED GOSSIP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN OBSESSION OF MINE -ANDY WARHOL

Does size matter? Now I can’t speak for every straight woman and gay man, but from personal experience, yes--size does matter. Now before my less-endowed male friends crucify me, let me clarify that statement. My best friend, a straight female, has never asked a guy what size his penis is, and could care less about it because it isn’t important to her; however, she admits that if she knew a guy were small, she wouldn’t pursue anything sexual with him, and I don’t blame her. The issue doesn’t come up with my straight friends, but it seems to always creep into conversation with gay men.

-College News

Thursday, October 02, 2008

SHOWING OFF FOR 15 MINUTES OF FAME

NEW FAME FACTORY ENTOURAGE FOR THE 21st CENTURY

In "BFF," a group of 20-somethings of questionable intelligence -- and even more suspect hair -- cat fight for the supposed honor of joining HIlton's inner circle. An inner circle which, at least based on the first episode, seems to consist mainly of lumpy boyfriend Benji Madden, a portly Vegas promoter and hyper-effeminate Heatherette design duo Traver Rains and Richie Rich. As expected, the first episode dragged a bit in explaining the premise (think "Rock of Love" with less stripper, more party girl), introducing us to the contestants (Blond fake-baked silicon-enhanced intellectually-stunted Red Bull depository? Check. Wholesome cheerleader type? Check. Token troublemakers? Check. Sexually ambiguous Asian woman? Check.) and getting the gang all set up in their temporary home, BFF Mansion.

-Washington Post
October 2 2008

THE UNITED STATES HAS AN HABIT OF MAKING HEROES OUT OF ANYTHING AND ANYBODY WHICH IS SO GREAT» -ANDY WARHOL

From the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua

FOR THE LOVE OF TELEVISION

"I love television," Warhol once said. "It is the medium I'd most like to shine in. I'm really jealous of everybody who's got their own show on television. I want a show of my own." In 1979, the year he blew $40,000 on a broadcast-quality camera and employed the services of a TV professional, Don Munroe, he got one. Called simply Fashion, Warhol's first foray into broadcast television was a 10-part series focusing exclusively on the hollow-cheeked, high-gloss world of fashion. It was screened to a limited audience on Manhattan Cable, a New York-based public access channel which showed local sports matches and agreed to sell 30-minute slots to Warhol for around $75 a pop. According to Vincent Fremont - the show's producer and later vice-president of Andy Warhol Enterprises - it was the kind of channel "where they would sometimes miss the first ten minutes of your show if the local hockey match overran".

The telegraph
Sept 29 2008

“THERE'S NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT LOVES “RIGHT NOW" LIKE AMERICA DOES" -ANDY WARHOL

Angelina & Brad bring the family to NY.

Next!

“BEAUTY IS A SIGN OF INTELLIGENCE" -ANDY WARHOL

POST WARHOL PREDICTION:IN THE FUTURE PORN STARS WILL REPLACE ATHLETES ON CEREAL BOXES

Copyright by IVAN

“IT'S CALLED GOSSIP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN OBSESSION OF MINE” -ANDY WARHOL

What the Oscars have done is create an artificial, entirely destructive cinematic demolition derby. It is now written in stone that a movie released in the first nine months of the year couldn't possibly compete for awards honors (even though in 2005, "Crash" was released in May and won best picture). People are so convinced that summer is a horrific time to put out quality films that when Paramount proposed releasing "No Country for Old Men" in August of last year, an enraged Scott Rudin took the movie to Miramax, which was willing to give it a more Oscar-friendly November release.Terrified that Oscar voters will forget about a movie released in the spring, the studios and specialty divisions save all their best films for the last 12 weeks of the year, forcing them to engage in a suicidal fight to the death with other quality films, instead of having a eight-week run in March or June where they'd be practically the only well-reviewed film in the theaters. Can you imagine any other business that essentially tells their consumers, "If you want quality, come back in October. We don't think it works in April or August"?

L.A Times
Oct 1 2008

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

“MUSCLES ARE GREAT:EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE THAT THEY CAN SHOW OFF" -ANDY WARHOL

PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 21st CENTURY: TROPHY WIFE & TROPHY BOY

It's always going to be mostly straight guys who push the economy forward and create new business because they need more money to get trophy wifes than gay men do to get trophy boys. Keeping pussy more expensive than cock is the secret to a healthy economy.

A THOUGHT FOR THE EARLY 21st CENTURY

“Now it seems like nobody has big hopes for the future. We all seem to think that it's going to be just like it is now, only worse. But who's to say that this idea is any more realistic than dreaming about robots?».

-Andy Warhol

«OHHH ELIZABETH TAYLOR OHHH SHE'S SO GLAMOROUS» -ANDY WARHOL

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